Have you ever considered combining your passion of athletics with an interest in the health field? If so, athletic training just may be the career for you. As an athletic trainer you’ll work to ensure athletes can continue doing what they love.
With an average class size of 12, you’ll gain the in-class and hands on experience you need to be a strong candidate for the professional field. As a part of the medical school, you’ll work with physicians, physical therapists and other medical professionals to learn the best ways to keep your patients active. You and your advisor will create a plan of study that will meet UND’s degree requirements while also equipping you with the tools you’ll need to succeed after graduation. Examples of courses you will take are:
- Anatomy for Athletic Trainers
- Understanding Medicine
- Beginning Practicum I & II
- Medical Aspects of Sports
- Athletic Injury Assessment
- Fundamentals of Nutrition
As a student, you’ll have the chance to work with some of UND’s 500+ varsity athletes in 21 sports. You’ll also have opportunities for clinical rotations at area high schools and with patients in the UND Center for Sports Medicine, the outpatient rehabilitation clinic on campus. This variety of settings will provide you with the background to succeed in whatever career setting you strive for.
Student Athletic Trainer's Organization (SATO) provides an opportunity to build relationships with fellow students that will be lifelong colleagues — providing beneficial opportunities for information sharing and networking.
Athletic trainers are needed in a variety of work environments such as:
- High schools
- Professional sports teams
- Hospitals and clinics
- Occupational settings
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Staying on Top
UND grad, Jason Switzer, was an athletic trainer in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. For his work with Olympic snowboarders, Switzer notes, "it's all about keeping them on the mountain. I'm there to help facilitate their success at Sochi."